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The Hambach Castle

The Hambach Castle

[caption id="attachment_25220" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hambach Castle above vineyards and chestnut trees © Dr. Manfred Holz/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hambach Castle near the urban district Hambach of Neustadt an der Weinstraße in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, is considered to be the symbol of the German democracy movement because of the Hambacher Fest which occurred here in 1832. Hambach Castle is located on the mountain Schlossberg (literally translated "Castle mountain"; elevation: 325m) in the...

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Meerbusch on the Lower Rhine

Meerbusch on the Lower Rhine

[caption id="attachment_161072" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Pesch Mansion © Tetris L/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Meerbusch, a town in Rhein-Kreis Neuss, has been an incorporated city since 1970. Meerbusch is the municipality with the second most income millionaires in North Rhine-Westphalia. Meerbusch is a town in the Lower Rhine region of northwestern Germany. It is located between Krefeld and Düsseldorf near Düsseldorf International Airport and Messe Düsseldorf. [gallery size="medium" gss="1" ids="187...

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Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge in China

Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge in China

[caption id="attachment_196048" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Kellykaneshiro/cc-by-sa-4.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau Bridge (HZMB) is a 55-kilometre (34 mi) bridge–tunnel system consisting of a series of three cable-stayed bridges, an undersea tunnel, and four artificial islands. It is both the longest sea crossing and the longest fixed link on earth. The HZMB spans the Lingding and Jiuzhou channels, connecting Hong Kong, Macau, and Zhuhai—three major cities on the Pearl River Delta. The H...

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The Atlantropa Project

The Atlantropa Project

[caption id="attachment_6895" align="aligncenter" width="487"] Atlantropa project © Devilm25/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Atlantropa, also referred to as Panropa, was a gigantic engineering and colonization project devised by the German architect Herman Sörgel in the 1920s and promulgated by him until his death in 1952. Its central feature was a hydroelectric dam to be built across the Strait of Gibraltar, which would have provided enormous amounts of hydroelectricity and would have led to the lowering of the surface of...

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SpåraKoff in Helsinki

SpåraKoff in Helsinki

[caption id="attachment_208377" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © Cecil/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]SpåraKoff is a HM V type tram converted into a bar in Helsinki, Finland. Known as the pub tram, the vehicle does circular tours of downtown Helsinki picking up passengers for a fee during summer months. It is operated jointly by Sinebrychoff, HOK-Elanto (part of the S Group), and Helsinki City Transport. The pub tram is immediately distinguishable in the Helsinki traffic by its vivid red colour (as opposed to the nor...

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Nordkirchen Castle, Versailles of Westphalia

Nordkirchen Castle, Versailles of Westphalia

[caption id="attachment_153172" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Main building with Venus Island in front © Mbdortmund[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Schloss Nordkirchen in the Gemeinde Nordkirchen in Kreis Coesfeld, Westphalia, Germany, built in 1703 to 1734, is known as the "Versailles of Westphalia" as it is the largest of the partly moated Wasserschlösser in that region. It was originally one of the residences of the Prince-bishops of Munster. The present Baroque schloss is the successor of a true moated Wasserschloss b...

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Bad Harzburg on the northern edge of the Harz mountains

Bad Harzburg on the northern edge of the Harz mountains

[caption id="attachment_160225" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Youth Fountain by Jochen Müller © Kassandro[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Bad Harzburg is a town in central Germany, in the Goslar district of Lower Saxony. It lies on the northern edge of the Harz mountains and is a recognised saltwater spa and climatic health resort. Bad Harzburg is situated at the northern foot of the Harz mountain range on the edge of the Harz National Park. To the east of the borough is the boundary between the states of Lower Saxony and...

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Union for the Mediterranean

Union for the Mediterranean

[caption id="attachment_25380" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Union for the Mediterranean © NordNordWest/cc-by-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) is a multilateral partnership of 43 countries from Europe and the Mediterranean Basin: the 28 member states of the European Union and 15 Mediterranean partner countries from North Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Europe. It was created in July 2008 as a relaunched Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (the Barcelona Process), when a plan to create an a...

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The university city of Uppsala

The university city of Uppsala

[caption id="attachment_160621" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Uppsala University © Elapied[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Uppsala is the capital of Uppsala County and the fourth largest city of Sweden with 140,454 inhabitants. Located 67 km north of the capital, Stockholm, it is also the seat of the Uppsala Municipality. Since 1164, Uppsala has been the ecclesiastical centre of Sweden, being the seat of the Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. Founded in 1477, Uppsala University is the oldest centre of higher education in Scandina...

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Knights Templar and Friday the 13th

Knights Templar and Friday the 13th

[caption id="attachment_25716" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Order of Knights Templar in Europe around 1300 © Marco Zanoli/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon (Latin: Pauperes commilitones Christi Templique Salomonici), commonly known as the Knights Templar, the Order of the Temple (French: Ordre du Temple or Templiers) or simply as Templars, were among the most wealthy and powerful of the Western Christian military orders and were among the most prominent ac...

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